3 Best Products for Cracked Nipple Relief

3 Best Products for Cracked Nipple Relief

In the grand scheme of birth and breastfeeding, when I first heard about cracked nipples, I thought it seemed both bearable and avoidable. So, I didn’t pay much attention to what I should have been doing to prevent my nipples from cracking after my first daughter was born. I learned quickly that that was a big, big mistake.

me, trying to hold a conversation WHILE breastfeeding with cracked nipples.

me, trying to hold a conversation WHILE breastfeeding with cracked nipples.

Why did no one tell me that breastfeeding a baby when you have cracked nipples feels like a thousand tiny daggers stabbing your breasts over and over? OUCH.

what it felt like my daughter was doing to my breasts

what it felt like my daughter was doing to my breasts

 

what she was actually doing.

what she was actually doing.

So, it’s time I passed my knowledge and a stern warning on to you. DON’T let this happen to you. Keep your breasts clean, dry, and moisturized with a good lanolin, like this one. Or, if you do end up with sore nipples, know the products that can help you find relief fast. Here are my top 5.

Medela Tender Care Lanolin:

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If you use this stuff BEFORE you get cracked nipples, you’ll never really need to worry about them in the first place. But, it also works well to heal the dry, chapped areas where you’re cracked and sore.There are many lanolin products on the market, but NOTHING compares to this one. It’s glides on easy, isn’t too thick (which believe it or not is an issue. Any touch (even rubbing in lanolin) can be painful with cracked nipples.)

Ameda ComfortGel Hydrogel Pads:

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Sometimes, cracked nipples can hurt SO much, you want a barrier between your bra and your nipple to avoid ANY chafing. If that’s the case, you’re going to LOVE these gel pads- which provide soothing relief 24 hours a day AND they are easy to remove without causing extra pain (like Fabric would as it tears away from the skin…YIKES)

The Simple Wishes Super Mom

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The supersoft, seamless, t-shirt material of these amazing bras by Simple Wishes make them a must-have especially when you’re nursing your nipples back to health (pun intended.)

Still not experiencing relief? You may want to talk to a lactation consultant.

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This article was written by Diana Cherry  Content Editor for Milkmakers, breastfeeding advocate, mom of 4, and a blogger over at The Front Yard Frontier.